Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? Karen Armstrong traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic story beings with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism, a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned "the One God" to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the modern age of skepticism, Armstrong distills the intellectual history of monotheism into one readable volume
"Originally published in Great Britain by William Heinemann Ltd., London"--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-436) and index
In the beginning ... -- One God -- A light to the gentiles -- Trinity: The Christian God -- Unity: The God of Islam -- The God of the philosophers -- The God of the mystics -- A God for reformers -- Enlightenment -- The death of God? -- Does God have a future?